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HELP: MX-Fluxbox

Basic help for MX-Fluxbox and its components is available in the documents available in ~/.fluxbox/doc/ and in HELP: Mx-idesktool. This Wiki entry covers more advanced topics.

Lower memory usage

A number of users have worked on lowering memory usage, and there are a couple of threads on that topic in the MX-Fluxbox forum. User seaken64 put together this useful general guide:

  1. Change Kernel to 4.9 Series for 32-bit non-pae
    You can install from an .iso file that uses the 4.9 kernel or use MXPI to change the kernel and then re-boot with the new kernel. The 4.9 kernel uses less memory than the 4.19 kernel.
  2. Disable Start-up Services to Lower Idle Memory Used. If you do not need some “services” running in the background, such as the Volume Icon, Bluetooth, or CUPS, you can remove the commands that start these services automatically.
  3. To selectively remove services that are pre-programmed to start in MX-Fluxbox, do the following:
    1. Backup the “startup” file by copying and renaming to “startup_old”
    2. Edit the startup file and place a hash symbol (#) in front of each service that you want to disable (that is, not automatically run at startup).
    3. For example, if you do not need the Volume Icon running find this entry and add the hash symbol (#) in front of the command to start the program/service. Like this: #volumeicon &
    4. You can disable any of the services that are set by default in this file including: conky, volumeicon, clipit, nm-applet, etc.
    5. Use BUM (bootup manager – available in the MXPI) to disable selected services, such as Bluetooth, CUPS, or SMB.
    6. After disabling these selective services restart MX-Fluxbox. After restart use “free” and “sudo ps_mem.py” from a terminal to check the amount of memory used.
    7. Use Programs that use less memory when running
  4. In addition to lowering the amount of memory at startup you can get better results on low memory system by using programs that are less memory hungry. For example, instead of the Firefox browser you can use SeaMonkey or Palemoon.

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